Maruti Suzuki has unveiled the much-anticipated S-Cross compact SUV at the recently concluded IIFA Awards Ceremony in Malaysia. The country’s largest automaker, Maruti, would foray into compact SUV segment with the S-Cross as it approaches its launch, scheduled to be held in the first week of July 2015. Just so you know, Maruti S-Cross is based on the SX4 hatchback, which didn’t feature in the Indian markets. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, alongside the Ciaz sedan, would be sold through company’s newly-established Nixa premium dealerships.
As for exteriors, the S-Cross features a wide array of sporty elements such as full body plastic cladding, roof-rails, side skirts, projector headlamps with daytime running lights, faux skid plates at the front, etc. to name a few. Also, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross would flaunt a new dual-slat chrome grille and come with extended ground clearance. It has also been learnt that upon its launch in the country, it would neither boast of Maruti Suzuki badging or Maruti symbol, instead would only have the model name S-Cross with engine specifications at the rear. Inside the cabin, Maruti S-Cross would have an all-black interior with several top-notch features like climate control, rear A/C vents, steering wheel with mounted audio controls and Maruti SmartPlay touch-screen infotainment system.
Maruti would launch the S-Cross in both petrol as well as diesel guises. As it is not a sub 4-meter SUV unlike Ford EcoSport, hence it would feature the more powerful 1.6L diesel unit from Fiat. This engine would churn out a maximum power of 118bhp and peak torque of 320Nm, while being linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. However, speculations are also rife that the company might roll out an entry-level version of the Crossover with the 1.3L Multi-jet diesel engine to challenge the base variant of Hyundai Creta, which is expected to feature Verna’s 1.4L CRDi motor. As for petrol variants of S-Cross, they would be powered by the 1.4L engine, which also does duties to the Ciaz mid-sized sedan and Ertiga MPV.